• Fiscalía de Sección Contra el Delito de Extorsión

Improving Victim Assistance for Extortion Cases


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This project seeks to improve services for extortion victims in Guatemala City. This project is focused on caring for victims who personally file complaints of extortion incidents with the Public Ministry (MP) of Guatemala. Extortions are an issue of great concern for Guatemalans. Beyond their economic impact, threats of extortion have psychological effects on victims that are not generally considered as part of the crime reporting process. If not addressed properly, these psychological effects can alienate citizens from security and justice institutions over the long term. Although the impact of violence on victims is well-documented, little is known about the psychological and behavioral effects of extortions. In line with the efforts of the Public Ministry of Guatemala to enhance victim services, this project seeks to improve the attention that extortion victims receive and to encourage others to report this crime.

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